It’s that time of the year to bring outdoor spaces to life! What about your front porch entry? Shannon has transformed the entry to her home in some amazing ways. The most standout change was painting and stenciling the porch floor. And, guess what, she will show you how to do it too!
STEP 1: Prepare your space. You will need to assume this space will be cleared from traffic for a few hours a day and that anything cleared off your porch will not be put back for the length of the project time you take!
Power washing is the best way to clean concrete and as a boost in cleaning, I used a concrete cleaner as well. Once the space is thoroughly cleaned, be sure to give it time to fully dry. I chose to protect my brick by using painters tape around the edges. Do not try and be perfect with your edging because concrete does not offer sharp clean edges in some spots and it looks less organic when the lines are perfect.
STEP 2: Prime the surface. Using a concrete primer, you will coat the entire surface evenly. (time lapse showing me cutting in with primer, then rolling it. The white stuff is the primer but it dries so fast and clear, I could barely tell where I had already painted.) Cut the edges first so that you can just pour the paint directly on the surface and roll in out. Tip: Use a roller extender. Do not bend over trying to roll this project. Let the primer completely dry. I believe in letting primer cure for at least 24 hours.
STEP 3: Repeat the same steps using your base color paint. Apply this thick enough to not need a second coat. I used a trim brush to push the paint into the split lines which made that easier! Let this coat dry completely, which was about 2 hours. Remove any tape you used around the edges.
STEP 4: To begin, lay all of your products out on a big piece of cardboard. This helped so much to keep everything in one place on a surface that I could just drag around the porch as needed! Decide where you want to start. I chose the back right corner. You may want to lay the stencil down a few times to see how your pattern will end around the ends and edges to ensure the design makes sense, equally. My stencil did not have a definite start or finish to the pattern, so I just went with it to keep from getting too obsessive over it!
If you are anything like me, and have a hard time keeping accurate, straight lines, go ahead and use a piece of chalk to draw a straight line directly down the entire porch floor from one end to the other and use that as your guide each time you start a new row. Most likely, your porch is not straight, so you could drive yourself nuts if you don’t take a few minutes to plan ahead.
Lay your stencil down to begin and use blue painter’s tape around the entire border. I did not use adhesive spray because the deep texture of my porch. Shannon’s Tip: Lay a large piece of tinfoil on your cardboard and tape it down. This will be used to wrap your roller in for later use. You can place it in the fridge to keep it from drying out when you take a break. wink, wink! Pour a small amount of paint and let your roller soak that right up. Roll excess paint out on the cardboard or a piece of paper towel to ensure there are no thick drips of paint left on the roller. Lightly roll over the entire surface of the stencil, being careful not to press too hard. Let the first coat dry fully before moving to the second coat. (I used a hairdryer at one point because my patience does not do well with paint drying). If you have any deep concrete pores, you can also use a stencil brush to push that paint into it, but do not try and “press” your roller into it or it will just bleed paint under your stencil.
This next part will make or break you! Take a step back and admit this to yourself. “My coverage will not be perfectly even. There will be edges that are not perfectly crisp because I am stenciling on concrete and the surface is porous and not perfectly flat. Everything will be okay. I am fine”
Back to stenciling. Shannon’s Tip: After you rolled your second or third coat, depending on what you like, pull your entire stencil up without letting it “slide” on your newly stenciled floor. Take the stencil and lay it down on your cardboard piece and drag it around a few times to wipe the wet paint off the back of the stencil that may have gone through when you were rolling. This tip was what kept me from moving spots and drips around the floor that had bled through the stencil. You always want to lay a dry stencil down each time.
Carefully line up your stencil, moving in short rows while repeating the process many, many times! Once you have finished all the parts that allow you to lay a full stencil down, you can either maneuver the stencil around the edges or cut your stencil up for smaller sections to use around those edges. Because I can not handle many imperfections in my DIY, I did take a small paint brush and touched up a few spots around the edges to make myself feel better. Always assume your dark color is your touch up paint since it hides the lighter color better than the lighter color would hide the darker color.
Keep the surface clean and dry for about 2 hours and either consider the job done or wash the surface with a mild soap if needed, let it dry and roll a clear, matte concrete sealer on top.
YOU NAILED IT!
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